Friday, July 26, 2013

Antique Teapot

While on my holiday I found this great teapot. I did not know if it was genuine. It is from 1883. So I looked online and can you believe I found the whole history of Enoch Facey. Un real. He was also a shoemaker and worked as a postal carrier. Left his wife and 5 kids at one poibt abd was put in jail for a month. After which he had a change of heart and went backto have another child . SO my teapot is real and the history was  a real bonus. More later. Have a great rest of the day....

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pomegranite Pattern for Quilt Block on Craftsy

I just wanted to let you all know that I have added a new pattern on my craftsy store. It is based on the old time quilt patterns with the pomegranites on. I just love those.

Here is the picture.

The pattern is 3.00 and can be purchased here 
This will make a 14 x 14 inch block. Have a great rest of the day.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Love Entwined Part 2 is launched on bloglovin

Love Entwined Part 2 is launched on bloglovin:

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Changes are coming and get your block 1 for Love Entwined before it is taken down

Hello all,

Been awhile since I blogged about anything except the Love Entwined. And speaking of Love Entwined, the first block will be removed soon and if you would like to make this lovely quilt then you should join the Yahoo group and get started before it is gone. Block 2 was just posted this morning.
I have not blogged much lately because I have not done too much quilting and also I am moving. It takes so much to get up and move from a town. New job, new home, planning planning - it is very time consuming to get it all together.

Will post soon as I get a bit more settled.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New Plan

So I have a change of plan for the Love Entwined coverlet on Esther's Yahoo Group.

I was thinking about some of my methods and intentions with this project. At first, I thought I would use up some scraps and (in my opinion) cheap out on making those circles in applique and do them in a raw edge.
It did not feel so right to me afterwards.

Then I thought. What a cop out. I am losing out on a very good learning curve with those circles and as for the scraps - well - this will probably be a once in a lifetime project of this magnitude for me anyway.
So, I went online and saw this incredibly beautiful line of batiks and fell in love. This would be so romantic on the Love Entwined. The batiks are so soft and pretty looking.

So, I bit the bullet and ordered it all. So now I am waiting for it to arrive and some time to go back over and re-make the center. But the good thing is - I have already had some practice with it :-)

Now I AM excited about this coverlet. And thank you so much Esther for your wonderful gift of sharing.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Circle Solution for Love Entwined

Well, I have had this morning to work on the circles for the Love Entwined and I started out doing them with a circle made from a 5/16 circle cutter that I purchased at Walmart. They are very inexpensive, I think it was about 4.00 and it was cutting out cardboard fine to use as a base for the circles. Well then I was looking at them and not really that happy with them. I guess I am a real fuss bucket but just was not happy. So then,
I came up with an idea.
Why not see if I can put fusible on the back of the material and cut out circles with the circle cutter.
So, here they are.
I think that these are working out fine for this as long as you don't mind that they are not appliqued but instead fused into place.
I will tell you that this method is really hard on that cheap little circle cutter and I only got 14 of the circles cut before it burned out, so I have to go buy another one or look into buying one that is 5/16 and made for canvas. I am going to check Canadian Tire to see if they have any of those ones. If not I might buy 2 of the cheap ones at Walmart again.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Wanted: Patriotic Quilts for Show & Tell / Quilting Gallery

Wanted: Patriotic Quilts for Show & Tell / Quilting Gallery:

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I have posted up my Canadian Quilt. I named it finally - True North and would appreciate it if you could vote for mine. Thanks so much.  Have a great day.

Voting begins tomorrow at the above web address.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Birthday Canada

I am re-posting a picture of my Canadian Quilt for Canada Day.
Happy Birthday Canada

Last day of holidays and back to work tomorrow. Don't know what I will end up doing today. Oh, maybe I will quilt today. What a great idea LOL.

I have also made another compass center for the Love Entwined. I had one completed and I had added a yellow circle around the outside of it, then I thought - wonder if it would look better in white? So I created another and I cannot decide now which I like better but I will probably go with the white because I am trying to keep to what Esther has in mind and the original pattern that she created. It is white on there, and notice no outside circles yet. :-)

Here are both of the centers together.

Wonder if this would work for those tiny circles on applique?

Ok, so all day long I have been thinking that there must be an easy way to create all those little circles on Esther's Love Entwined and I finally came up with an idea. Unfortunately I cannot test it yet because I bought the item on ebay and now have to wait till I receive it to try it out.

Esther mentioned using the dissolving backing for the applique so I got thinking about that and if you could cut those little circles the right size to begin with in that backing, it would make it pretty simple to get perfect circles. But... then I don't like cutting fabric circles either. I know, I know, lazy quilter but if you could make that process easier, why not? I have used my paper circle punches to cut fabric before and it works well if you starch the heck outta the fabric first, then punch it. So, I have a 1/2 circle punch here already and it is only slightly bigger then the size for those circles on the compass center block.
I just needed to find an 8 mm circle punch and that is where ebay came in. One of the sellers has them so I of course bought it.
Here is the idea. Punch out the little circles with the 8 mm punch from the dissolving backing, then punch out the fabric with the 1/2 inch circle cutter and just glue the edges to the back of the 8 mm dissolving backing.
No need for stitching or removing anything once the circle is made and then I can stitch it onto the compass.
I think you could put fusible fleece onto the 8 mm circle before you covered it with the fabric too and it would add some depth. Wonder if that is cutable with the punches? I bet it is.

What do you think, will it work? Would it be the perfect circle solution? Wish I could test it sooner.

Here is the circle cutter I bought.